Devotionals
 

Devotionals are short essays written by GSLC members and staff that explore the ways the Holy Spirit works within our every day lives.  There are several ways we invite you to use these devotionals:

  • Make them a part of a prayer practice - read a devotion and consider the ways that Christ has worked similarly in your life or works in unexpected ways.
  • Make them a part of a journaling practice - read a devotion and journal about what the Holy Spirit is stirring in you as you reflect on the essay.
  • Use them as a reminder that God works in all things, the bad and the good.

With over 400 available devotions, you can use these daily, weekly, or monthly.  It's up to you!  We just hope that by reading these inspiring stories provided by Good Shepherd's flock you are able to better see where Jesus is present in all things!  Thank you to all of our members that have provided devotionals throughout the past couple of years!

 
Daily Devotion
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Bill Lucke

There is much in The Bible that we do not hear from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. This is not because they are irrelevant, but because they are more suited to reflection than to worship. 

For example, see the book of Lamentations. It reflects a time when things could get no worse for the nation of Judah. Their armies had been conquered by Babylon, the sons of the king killed as he watched before he was blinded. The Temple where the Lord dwelt was looted and destroyed and the people taken into exile in Babylon. Their children are raised in a foreign culture, knowing different ways and different gods. 

Lamentations reflects the misery of the exiles: 

This is why I weep
    and my eyes overflow with tears.
No one is near to comfort me,
    no one to restore my spirit.
My children are destitute
    because the enemy has prevailed.
 Lamentations 1:16
The year 2020 inspires similar feelings. 

We are faced with civil unrest and confusion over the difference between demonstrators, who are expressing outrage in an intellectual reaction to injustice and rioters responding emotionally to the same injustice with rage. Using inflammatory language to express outrage does not help. 

We also must deal with a pandemic and the resulting conflicts of emotional and rational responses. We face choices between protecting economic well-being and minimizing health threats. Do we protect our children at the cost of their education? Must we give up football, baseball and new films and TV programs?

And, by the way, we have tornados, tropical storms, earthquakes, explosions, political scandals at the federal, state and local levels on our nightly news as well. And an election that no one is sure how to manage in all the confusion. 

Time to return to Lamentations (3:19-25):

“I remember my affliction and my wandering,
     the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’
s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “
The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

When you wake up in the morning, God will be waiting.

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Pastor Pat

Thanks for your reflections Bill. It is good to know the Lord will be waiting for me and everyone else too! Peace.


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Danelle Buelsing

It is comforting to be reminded of God's compassion, as reassuring today as it was in Old Testament days.

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